Harlaston Women’s Institute
President: Jane Williams
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30PM and visitors are always welcome. Meetings usually take place in Harlaston Village Hall
At our September meeting we decided to enter a team into a quiz being held by Drayton Bassett.
The subject of our usual Christmas effort to fill shoe boxes with goodies for children to be distributed abroad was discussed and it was decided that this year we would concentrate nearer home. After some discussion it was decided to do parcels of necessities for the Women's Refuge.
Speakers booked for next year include the Revd. Denise, "In a Jam," A Vintage Bear Maker and a visit from the "Travelling Nun."
We are entering the Craft Section of the Tamworth Show which requires seven items from different classes. We are glad to say this is well in hand.
Tickets have been ordered for Swan Lake at the Lichfield Garrick in November.
Anita Murphy gave us an interesting talk about "The History of Perfume" explaining that perfumes were used many years ago with items such as Musk(from Deer) and amber grease which is the sputum of Whales! These were widely used but had no fixative. When fixatives were established perfume became more sophisticated starting with Herbs then spices and finally the floral perfumes such as lavender and rose. Anita had many samples of the perfume oils which were passed around and by this time the room was smelling lovely.
At our October meeting held at Edingale School we were joined by Jan Winter and Edward with "Molly" (a black labrador) from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. Jan explained that to be profoundly deaf meant you could be very lonely as contact with anyone was difficult.
She explained that the "Hearing Dogs" were trained and then matched to applicants needs. With the help of Edward and Molly we were all shown how these dogs can provide independance, security and confidence to their owners.
We had attended the Group meeting and Bel had won a cup for the best item made from recycled material.
Our November meeting is at Harlaston Village Hall on Monday 8th at 7.30.p.m. when we shall be visited by Andrea Ward who will talk us through the relaxation and exercise associated with Chair Yoga. Trousers and trainers required if you
want to participate. See you there!
What a lovely outing to Highgrove the private gardens of Prince Charles. The garden is very private indeed as we had some difficulty in finding the entrance! However, arriving with minutes to spare for our timed tour we
all passed through the tight security and were soon charmed by the staff including the very pleasant and knowledgeable guide who escorted us round the many acres of tranquil garden. Although we had to wait many months for tickets it definiteley was worth it. Thanks to Rita for organizing such a nice day.
Our next meeting is Tuesday September 14th when we shall hear about "The History of Perfume" from Mrs Anita Murphy. This month we meet at Edingale School at 7.30.p.m.
On Wednesday 15th September we have the Party for the Blind with a short Church Service at Harlaston
at 2.15.p.m. followed by tea in the village hall. Arrangements are well in hand but any queries please to Mary.
Since our last meeting, Pauline Whitehouse, one our most senior members has suddenly passed away.
Pauline was very active for many years at Lichfield WI Markets and her sponge cakes and various marmalades were always in demand. She was also a good needlewoman and produced many entries for the Tamworth Show. - Rest in peace Pauline.
Our meeting on 9th March was the A.G.M. when we welcomed Christine Richards to help with the proceedings.
Matters arising included the date for our Spud and Pud evening as Friday May 21st. The tickets for this will be available at the April meeting.
We had received a letter of thanks from St Giles Hospice for once again providing cakes.
Members were reminded to give Mary or Cora their envelopes if they wished to Enter the Denman Dip at the
Autumn Council Meeting.
Our Trip to Highgrove is now confirmed for 20th August with a cut off date as the end of June. A show of hands re interest was overwhelming! The coach has been booked anyone interested should phone 01827 383980 or contact Jane.
Jenny gave the financial statement which was adopted by Josie and seconded by Chris.
As Mary was ill Sheila gave the Secretary's report which was adopted and seconded by Edna and Jane.
Jane gave the Presidents report which was adopted and seconded by Rita and Cora.
Christine Richards then took proceedings and the committee was voted enbloc.
Edna has agreed to help with the Savings Club. After the vote for President we were pleased that Jane will continue in this roll.
A lovely bring and share supper was served and the meeting closed at 9.55.p.m.
Our next meeting will be at HARLASTON VILLAGE HALL on Tuesday 13th April 7.30.p.m. when Alan Lewis will be telling us about the "Legacy of the Royal Oak and Charles II." Plenty of free parking space and a warm welcome to visitors.
Members were happy that this month we didn't have to struggle through snow to meet for our February meeting at Edingale School.
Mary read the January minutes and matters arising were:
Jane then introduced our speaker, John Brinkley who took us on a journey entitled "some like it hot" and using beautiful photos and music he took us to Acapulco - known as the pearl of the pacific - then on to New York in the Summer, Tunisia and Mykonos a real Greek treat. His finale was the fields of beautiful poppies which appear at our local Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas - what a lovely sight.
Patricia Pitt, gave the vote of thanks, donned in sun hat and sun glasses inkeeping with the theme "some like it hot."
Our next meeting is at Edingale School 7.30.p.m. on March 9th - we'd very much like to see you there.
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